"Criminal Hatred"
SVU, Episode 14.12
Production number: 14012
First aired: 30 January 2013
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Written By
Ed Zuckerman

Directed By
Adam Bernstein

A.D.A. Barba tries a murder case against an unpredictable defense attorney in a showdown that stretches the boundaries of the law.


The SVU detectives go undercover to arrest a man who targets and brutally attacks other men. They gather enough evidence for A.D.A. Barba to file charges, but the case begins to spiral as he contends with a deceptively tough defense attorney.


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Fin: (to Amaro) Hey, come on, Nick, you gotta neaten it up, man. You can't be all messy cruising a gay bar.
Amaro: Hey, we can't all look like Al Sharpton.
Olivia: (to Amaro) "Did you kiss him?" Nick, he's a victim.
Amaro: He's a victim in search of a crime. Look, if he'd have gotten into that Mercedes with his family and driven to Connecticut--
Olivia: You mean like he was supposed to?
Amaro: All I'm saying is he would have been fine.
Olivia: (to Barba) I'm just wondering, would you challenge a straight marriage like this?
Barba: If I thought the husband was good for a murder, I'd cross-examine the priest.
Olivia: (to Barba) You're gonna argue that a gay man married to another gay man hates gays?
Barba: Watch me.
Ms. Efron: (during her opening statement) What am I thinking right now? That I wish I'd had a second cup of coffee before court this morning, or that Mr. Barba's prosecution is so wrong that he should be taken out and shot? You can't tell, can you? And what does it matter? Do I deserve to be punished for something that's only inside my head?
Barba: Objection. Ms. Efron is arguing the wisdom of the law and not making an opening statement.
Judge: Ms. Efron, watch yourself.
Ms. Efron: I'm sorry, Your Honor. I don't know what I was thinking.
Ms. Efron: (about Jeremy Jones) You were wrong about him. He doesn't just hate gays..
Olivia: He hates everyone.
Barba: No. He hates himself.

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Smoke Shop
54 Saint Marks Place
Saturday, January 5

Rixton Hotel
148 West 26th Street
Saturday, January 5

Townhouse of
Charles and Melissa Murphy
88 West 11th Street
Sunday, January 6

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Monday, January 7

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Supreme Court
Part 39
Wednesday, January 9

Supreme Court
Part 39
Monday, January 14

Supreme Court
Bail Hearing
Tuesday, January 15

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